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Slaves 100 Yrs Old & Older

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For the 1860 slave schedules, census enumerators were instructed to provide the names of all slaves age 100 years or more. Because there was no particular place to write a slave name on the census form, the enumerators wrote the names in a variety of places, including the same column with the slaveholder, the age column, and the other columns or the margins at either side or at the bottom of the page.

The Decennial Digest reports there were 1,570 slaves age 100 and up on the 1860 slave schedules. Using the 1860 slave census index at Ancestry online [subscription required], I have found 1,555, which are included in the table. The Ancestry index erroneously reports several additional slaves as over age 100; but a view of the census image revealed the error and they are not included in the table

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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